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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

Classic Pimento Cheese gets dressed up with shredded gouda cheese. Spread it on crackers, make a grilled cheese or use it as a dip for chips. 

Do you guys listen to country music? Right now Preston’s favorite song is “Dirt on my Boots“. And his favorite line is “I can get cleaned up if you ask me, but I can only get so fancy!” That line of the song keeps running through my mind while I think of this pimento cheese recipe.

The recipe gets a little fancy with the use of gouda, but at it’s heart, it’s still pimento cheese in all it’s cream cheese, mayo and pimento glory.

Classic Pimento Cheese gets dressed up with shredded gouda cheese. Spread it on crackers, make a grilled cheese or use it as a dip for chips.

And friends, it is thebomb.com.

Pimento Cheese is a classic. I should say, it’s a southern classic. It was never on the table at my PNW BBQs growing up. In fact, I didn’t even try it until I was in my 20s. Sad huh?

Many of the recipes out there for pimento cheese involve cheddar, cream cheese, mayonnaise and pimentos. This recipe for pimento cheese is a bit different. The base of it is still the same but instead of medium cheddar, I use sharp cheddar. I also add some gouda cheese.

Because gouda.

Classic Pimento Cheese gets dressed up with shredded gouda cheese. Spread it on crackers, make a grilled cheese or use it as a dip for chips.

If you’re planning on making pimento cheese for a BBQ this summer to go along with your hot dogs and burgers, keep in mind it needs some time for all of the flavors to marry. Make it at least half an hour in advance. Or better yet, give it a day or so in the fridge before serving. It’ll be worth the wait.

Classic Pimento Cheese gets dressed up with shredded gouda cheese. Spread it on crackers, make a grilled cheese or use it as a dip for chips.

So what do you serve this cheesy deliciousness with? You can spread it on crackers. You can use it to make an epic grilled cheese. I like to let it sit out for about 20 minutes or so, so that it softens a bit. That way it makes the perfect creamy dip to scoop up with potato chips. Whichever way you choose to eat it, trust me, you’re going be a Pimento Cheese fan for life.

Classic Pimento Cheese gets dressed up with shredded gouda cheese. Spread it on crackers, make a grilled cheese or use it as a dip for chips.

Pimento Cheese

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Serves 6 Prep Time:

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup freshly shredded gouda cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (4oz) jar pimentos, drained and chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2

Serve with crackers or bread. If desired, let warm for 20 minutes before serving to make it easier to dip and scoop.

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  • Pimento cheese always reminds me of the summertime, and this recipe right here? Absolute perfection!

  • I have been eating pimento cheese my entire life. I usually stick to the “regular” recipe. But you have sparked my interest with the gouda!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    I could gladly cozy up to a big bowl of that all by myself :)

  • Jen

    I grew up eating and loving pimento cheese but haven’t had it for the longest time until eating at The Country Cat (downtown Portland). It reminded me of all the goodness that it is. I can’t wait to try your recipe!!

  • Carrie R

    Just when I didn’t think that pimento cheese could get any better, you went and added gouda to it. ;) Good call!

  • Such a great appetizer. I need to keep this recipe close for over the summer.

  • Gust Și Aromă

    This is a perfect appetizer! I love it!

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